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When people are oppressed for too Long
The Right to Fight Back?
Many who have never lived with the life of the oppressed, the life of the disenfranchise, in the environment of the poor and those unfairly targeted will often look for an easy answer when they respond or lashed out. A child crying for help will have parent dunning to the sound of wailing. When that cry is heard in society very few run to assist, because the world is shaped to satisfy the rich and privileged. To answer why people riot they look for easy solution that only cover the wounds. They will point fingers at poverty and violence and ignore the very obvious race, and poverty issues and the combination of other social deprivation issues at play in the inner cities. Doses people have the right or should they be given the right to fight back? We cannot and must not advocate violence, fighting fire with fire. We advocate fighting back through peaceful means but people must have the right to fight back. The justice system must be overhauled so justice is not only be done but must be seen to be done. Fight through the courts, fight through the education system, fight through the enterprise environments, cease the opportunity not to fall or fail because they say you will. Fight back with love, and though peaceful means, through education and knowledge, empower your personal self, as many great leaders advised, follow Dr Martin Luther King an advocate of peace but who was brutally murdered.
People who are generally happy and content with their personal lives and opportunities afforded them usually have very little or nothing to be discounted about. However financial and economic oppression, being dispossession and with little hope of breaking free of poverty, is a recipe for disaster, civil unrest and this breeds crime. One ethnic group being regularly and unfairly targeted by law enforcement, being only a fraction of the population yet more are in prison than any other ethnicity, this is a problem that needs solving. When a citizen from an ethnic group are gunned down and killed so easily, sometimes only for breaking a traffic light sign. Something is wrong with the system, when someone is running away from police yet he is shot and killed! When a young man is wrestled to the ground and shot by the police, or a young boy shot by a security guard, and the justice system failed to punish him something is deeply and gravely wrong. When the time comes when black lives, matter equally as any other ethnic groups things will turn around and we have less riots.
Very importantly, a group existing under constant scrutiny more than others, and with a justice systems that holds no officer to account something is deeply wrong! This bears signs of the Klan days when African men were lynched by mobs, and both police and judges were involved. There is a combinations of many different dynamics at play here and which must be addressed speedily for their to be any sign of justice. I do not think we can trivialise it by saying it is only one thing or the other that provoke riots. If all the social, economic problems are addressed then there will be a civil society, packed with peace, contentment and respect for all. Treat all people with respect and as equal under the law, solve the socio-economic problems of the inner cities, give people a reason for living, give them hope for the future and people have less reasons to riot.However, we must fight with the peaceable fruit of righteousness, the way Christ fight yet never return fire with fire. Kill the world with peace, they cant take it when you return peace. Just empower yourself, gain knowledge and fight for understanding, but fight. Not as they would have you fight, then they will have reason to shoot and kill you. Just back with love for your enemy and they who will despite-fully use and kill you!